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New England novelist John Irving on tattoos, wrestling, and his characters, old and new.

No, John Irving doesn't have a writing injury. The splint is for a tendon he tore during a wrestling workout.
No, John Irving doesn't have a writing injury. The splint is for a tendon he tore during a wrestling workout. (Photo / Jane Sobel) Photo / Jane Sobel
By James Sullivan
July 10, 2005

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With his 11th novel, Until I Find You , John Irving introduces us to Jack Burns, a Hollywood actor often cast as a cross-dresser, and his estranged father, who is addicted to tattoos. When we arrived at Irving's hillside home in Vermont, the author, whose books are known as much for their length as their gripping plots, was calling his ... (Full article: 1136 words)

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